Parenthood Season 6
Good news for fans of Parenthood (like me): NBC has renewed the series for a 13-episode final season. The network will air Parenthood Season 6 in the fall, in the Thursday 10pm time slot. More details on the return, after the jump.
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Movie Trailer: The Company Men

The Company Men

The Wenstein Co has released the first full length movie trailer for The Company Men , John Wells‘ feature directorial debut. Wells is best known for writing and producing hundreds of episodes of both ER and The West Wing. The movie tells the story of “three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company, and how that affects them, their families and communities over the course of one year.” The film stars  Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper, Maria Bello, Craig T Nelson, and Rosemarie DeWitt. It’s also worth mentioning that eight-time Academy Award nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins shot the film.

The movie premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where we filed a video review and interview with the director. I’d like to think of The Company Men as a spin-off from Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air. Imagine being able to see what happens to some of the characters that Ryan Bingham lays off while on his business trips as a corporate downsizing specialist. In Reitman’s film we see interviews and reenactments from recently laid off workers. The Company Men is their story. I’ve heard complaints that the story is very dry, and that the film isn’t very thrilling, but I don’t believe it should be. This is the reality of downsizing, and the depressing nature of our current economic situation. If a 30 year old sales manager can’t find a new job, how is someone older, a senior executive, supposed to survive once his company abandons him?

Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Teaser Trailer: The Company Men

The Company Men

A teaser trailer/musical montage/sizzle reel for John WellsThe Company Men has been discovered on vimeo (via this article on AICN). The film, which will screen at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Premieres category, tells the story of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company, and how that affects them, their families and communities over the course of one year.

The film stars  Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper, Maria Bello, Craig T Nelson, and Rosemarie DeWitt. This is the feature directorial debut of Wells, who is best known for writing and producing hundreds of episodes of both ER and The West Wing. A lot of people are interested to see what he will be able to do with a feature film. It’s also worth mentioning that eight-time Academy Award nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins shot the film. Watch the teaser trailer, embedded after the jump.

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The Company Men

John WellsThe Company Men will screen at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Premieres category. The film tells the story of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company, and how that affects them, their families and communities over the course of one year. The film stars  Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper, Maria Bello, Craig T Nelson, and Rosemarie DeWitt.

This is the feature directorial debut of Wells, who is best known for writing and producing hundreds of episodes of both ER and The West Wing. A lot of people are interested to see what he will be able to do with a feature film. It’s also worth mentioning that eight-time Academy Award nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins shot the film.

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First Look: John Wells’ The Company Men

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Maria Bello and Craig T Nelson have joined the independent drama The Company Men. I haven’t written about this film on /Film yet, so I thought I’d take the opportunity with this last minute casting news.

Written and directed by John Wells, the film tells the story of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company, and how that affects them, their families and communities over the course of one year. Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper and Rosemarie DeWitt have already been cast.
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Last night, I was listening to Tom Scharpling’s “The Best Show,” and the topic was haunted movies. Mid-conversation he brings up his disgust with the new ad for DirecTV featuring a living Craig T. Nelson and a nicely preserved Heather O’Rourke milking Poltgergeist in time for Halloween. Though I had seen this ad days just days ago, I had repressed it in horror (might have been high)!

What makes the ad truly declasse is that Nelson wakes up next to his wife (or does he?) with the TV on. Forget that a dead child actress is in his room with animated spirits flowing through her. He breaks the fourth wall and admits, “Forgetting to switch to DirecTV? Yeah, that’s going to come back to haunt me.” I hear going to Hell is pretty haunting as well.

Discuss: Did this ad convince you to sign up?

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